Sometimes I wonder if I am really qualified to teach 8th grade math/algebra. Seriously, I took Algebra in 8th grade (only because I was in the intelligent elite in my middle school...which literally meant that I made more INappropriate decisions when I finally made it to high school), but I definitely never saw an actual graphing calculator until at least 10th grade. Maybe I just have the worst memory in the world...but I certainly don't think my Alegbra got this advanced in 8th grade:
As a reminder...I teach exceptional children/special education. I have to literally review AND practice the math every night before I teach it to the kids. Yikes...this stuff is intense. Also for the record...I have never used any graphing of inequalities since high school/possibly my first semester of college.
Another note on crazy middle schoolers...they say the most inappropriate things. I mean immaturity at its best. They love to call each other "gay," which I am fundamentally opposed to and will not accept. I started giving punishment every time I heard that. So they decided to instead start saying "You're so 'g.'" Luckily it has lessened. They fart all the time (my last class is 8 boys) and think that's hilarious. It's shocking the things they'll say loud enough for you to hear. I blame it on all the rap music ;) I'm ready for summer break. I like the kids but I'm hoping for a fresh start with clear expectations next school year!